Study Question (Human Sacrifice): How do I answer my Jewish friend about Yeshua's sacrifice. She said that God did not want human sacrifice, that is what the pagans did, and we were to keep away from all pagan things. Even if He gave us His own life, it was then approved of by Hashem and that would be like endorsing it. How do I answer her?
Answer from Dr. John Garr, Ph.D. Restoration Foundation http://www.restorationfoundation.org
God foreshadowed the sacrifice of his Son Yeshua when he
commanded Abraham to make a holocaust offering of his beloved son
Isaac and then provided a ram as a substitution. The human race
deserves to to consumed in the fires of hell; however, God has
again provided a substitute, a vicarious atonement in the person
of his Son Yeshua. This is not a human sacrifice, for it is a
fulfillment of the promise that Abraham made to Isaac, "The
Lord will provide himself a sacrifice." God provided
himself, not a mere human being, as a sacrifice for the sins of
mankind. To have chosen a man to die for the sins of mankind
would have been inhumane and ineffectual. To provide himself as a
sacrifice was divine and efficacious. Again, it was not a man who
died, it was God himself (who in his sovereignty had assumed to
himself human flesh) who took upon himself all of mankind's sins
and died to pay the penalty for those sins thereby liberating
those who believe upon him to inherit eternal life. The only
human sacrifice that God has ever wanted is the "living
sacrifice" of every believer upon the altar of complete
devotion to God.
John D. Garr, Ph.D.